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Book Review: Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue In the Land of the Free by Charles P. Pierce

Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue In the Land of the Free

By Charles P. Pierce Doubleday; 293 pages

Make room on the shelf for yet another political tome with a hyperbolic title. This one is situated squarely on the left side of the aisle, so conservative readers need not apply--if, as Charles Pierce implies, conservative reader isn't a contradiction in terms. The terrain is well trod: from intelligent design to the dubious link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11, Pierce argues, prevailing political wisdom in the U.S. has been based not on fact but on who could shout loudest. The...

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